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Song by
from the album '
Released1 June 1967
Recorded9 March 1967
GenrePsychedelic rock[1]
LabelParlophone, Capitol, EMI
Producer(s)George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band track listing

"Getting Better" is a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, based on an original idea by McCartney.[2] It was recorded by The Beatles for the 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Lennon on the roof

One of the recording sessions for "Getting Better" is famous for an incident involving Lennon. During the 21 March 1967 session in which producer George Martin added a piano solo, Lennon complained that he did not feel well and could not focus.[3][4] He had accidentally taken LSD when he meant to take an upper.[5] Unaware of the mistake, Martin took him up to the roof of Abbey Road Studio for some fresh air, and returned to Studio Two where McCartney and Harrison were waiting. They knew why Lennon was not well, and upon hearing where Lennon was, rushed to the roof to retrieve him and prevent a possible accident.[4][6][7]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[8]


  1. Pollack 1995.
  2. Miles 1997, pp. 312–313.
  3. Spitz 2005, pp. 670–671.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lewisohn 1988, p. 104.
  5. Miles 1997, p. 382.
  6. The Beatles 2000, p. 242.
  7. Emerick 2006, p. 172–173.
  8. MacDonald 2005, p. 241.

Other websites

  • Emerick, Geoff; Massey, Howard (2006). Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 1-592-40179-1